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* News / New Zealand : ANZASW Statement on Nurses Strike by katty: July 16, 2018, 06:08:15 AM
The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) wishes to once again express its solidarity with nurses who have been engaged in industrial action.

Nurses, like social workers, play an irreplaceable role in society, offering vital preventative services and standing with people during times of acute crisis. They are undervalued yet indispensable, saving or changing lives on a daily basis; their care has been delivered even as workloads have increased, the cost of living has risen and wages have stagnated.

Now the time has finally come for nurses to call for change; last week’s strike was the first of its kind in thirty years. They have waited patiently, mindful of the interests of patients, for their voices to be heard by government; finally they have decided to take decisive action to call for changes that will benefit both nurses and those they care for: those who have opted to strike are seeking not only a fair deal on wages, but for more nurses to be employed in hospitals so that patients can receive better care.

ANZASW believes that nurses’ actions are both principled and necessary. Nurses deserve fair pay and are justified in calling for an increase in the workforce, as it is inevitable that excessive workloads and carer burnout will impact service users.

It is firmly in the public interest that the government and district health boards listen to nurses’ demands. We offer them our firm support; we hope that ongoing negotiations will lead to a mutually satisfactory resolution. If the deadlock continues, however, and further strike actions are required, we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our public sector colleagues.
* News / Meet the Kind-Hearted Deported Nurse Aiding Asylum Seekers at US-Mexico Border by katty: July 16, 2018, 06:05:08 AM
"You are not going to change the world, but you can at least change the moment."

Francisco "Panchito" Olachea drove up to the port of entry to the US in Nogales, Mexico last Wednesday in a four-by-four Suzuki with a broken windshield and worn-out tires.

The 57-year-old nurse, dressed in light blue scrubs with a stethoscope hanging around his neck, walked up to a small group of families waiting to speak to US immigration officials about their case for asylum.

Lourdes Gonzales was sitting with her son and daughter on a pair of old blankets with two duffel bags full of her belongings next to her.

Panchito told Gonzales he was a nurse.

"I'm here to see if you and your children are doing okay," he said.

Panchito asked about her health and sat down to take her blood pressure. It was normal.

The 28-year-old told Panchito that she had just arrived from the Mexican state of Guerrero, which has been torn apart by violence.

"I had to leave my home," Gonzales told Al Jazeera.

"Some people started to send me these notes in which they threatened me. They told me I had to pay them money and they would kill me if I didn't comply."

One of the notes that Gonzales carried said: "Your days are numbered."

She also carried documents showing the official charges she made against these people.

She said the police didn't help her. And, making a living as a single mother from selling clothing, she didn't have the money to pay the people who were threatening her.

"I ran away because of my children," she said.

After checking her health and determining she wasn't carrying diseases, Panchito told Gonzales someone would take her to one of the shelters where she could wait until it was her turn to come back to the port of entry to request asylum.

"You will have to wait your turn. It can take some weeks," he said.

'He must have a white-people bible'

Having crossed the border in 1976 as a tourist when he was 16 years old, Panchito, who is originally from the Mexican state of Baja California, overstayed his visa and lived in the US for some 30 years.

He had three daughters and worked as a welder and a caregiver for the elderly in Phoenix, Arizona.

He was near retirement when he got pulled over after drinking a few beers.

Because driving under the influence is a felony in the US and Panchito was undocumented, he was deported in 2008.

Almost immediately after being deported, Panchito realised what he wanted to do with the rest of his life: help migrants stuck in Nogales, just like himself.

"This is what my Christian faith tells me to do," Panchito told Al Jazeera while driving through the streets of Nogales.

"This is the real Christianity, not the one you hear the Trump government talk about," he said, referring to US President Donald Trump.

"For him, there is no shame in stepping all over minorities. He must have a white-people bible. I haven't seen one myself, but he must have a bible which we haven't read."

The Walking Ambulance

After studying to become a nurse in Nogales, where he received his official degree, he started to walk the streets of the town with medical supplies in his backpack, prompting others to call him La Ambulancia Caminante or The Walking Ambulance.

In 2013, he bought a 15-year-old van he could use as an ambulance with the help of the Good Samaritans and other US donor organisations.

He started to drive migrants and refugees to hospital in emergency cases.

"At a certain point, I would be the one following up on 911 here in town because the hospital needed that," Panchito said.

"But I stopped doing that because I want to focus on the migrants," he added.

Two days a week, Panchito works as a police officer, which pays just enough to take care of his rent and food.

He spends the rest of his time as a volunteer nurse.

But, with the limited resources he has, keeping his ambulance on the road is a constant struggle.

Last month, his transmission broke down, so now he drives around in the borrowed Suzuki.

Earlier in the day, he rushed a pregnant refugee to the hospital. She had arrived in Nogales an hour earlier on a bus and had gone into labour.

Fifteen minutes after they got to the hospital, doctors called to tell him the baby was being born.

"We were right on time," Panchito said. "Otherwise I would have had to deliver her there, right at the line waiting at the port of entry, with some towels and whatever supplies I had on me. Can you imagine?"

Driving over steep potholed roads and past hillside neighbourhoods where the houses are dusty and paint is peeling away, Panchito arrived at an auto parts store to pick up a transmission for his ambulance.

"I christened my ambulance Cristina," he said while showing off the ambulance, which had a crack in the windshield and wires hanging from the dashboard.

"That's the name of one of my daughters, who cried so much because I wasn't there with her. This way, she is always with me. Therefore, my little organisation is called Panchito y su Cristina, Panchito and his Cristina. That's how people know me here."

'Migrants get robbed all the time'

More than a 100 asylum seekers are currently waiting in Nogales, according to the Kino Border initiative, an organisation doing humanitarian aid work in the border city.

Since the Trump administration announced its "zero-tolerance" policy  in April, rights groups have reported long waits for asylum seekers at the border.

Under the administration's policy, anyone caught crossing the border between official ports of entry is detained and prosecuted. After Trump signed an executive order last month, ending his administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the border, Customs and Border Protection said it was no longer referring all those who arrived with their children for prosecution. However, the administration maintains the "zero-tolerance" policy is still in place.

Several organisations, such as the Kino Border Initiative, have set up shelters where asylum seekers can wait their turn to apply for asylum at the port of entry.

After visiting his mechanic, Panchito drove up to one of these shelters at the top of a hill in a building that used to be a canteen for the people living in the poor hillside neighbourhood.

Inside were several women and children, sitting and lying on thin mattresses on the floor. An old television set was showing cartoons.

There was a young boy in the shelter suffering from a sore throat. After looking in the boy's mouth and asking a couple of questions, Panchito said the boy needed medication because he was suffering from an infection.

For many asylum seekers and migrants who get stranded in Nogales without any contacts, the city can also be dangerous.

"The important thing of these shelters is that they create a safe space for the migrants," Panchito said.

"This is where they get food and where they can sleep under a roof, but where they're also safe from gangs in the area," he added.

 "Migrants get robbed all the time. Nogales is ugly."

'Can't change the world, but can change a moment'

Back at the port of entry, there were new arrivals.

Iraida, who asked to be identified only by her first name, also came from Guerrero and had her two children with her.

While Panchito drove them to their shelter, Iraida told Al Jazeera she used to cook in her own little restaurant.

"People came to my restaurant with firearms and told me I wasn't allowed to work anymore," she said. "They told me I had to go away."

Iraida started crying and looked out the car window silently until the car arrived at the shelter.

After Panchito dropped off the family, he said it's sometimes hard for him not to become depressed.

"Living alone, there's no-one to answer your questions. So sometimes you get lost in the conversations with yourselves," he said.

"But, this is what my faith tells me to do," he added.

"I took new credit just to pay for the repairs on my ambulance and I believe it will all work out for the good."

Panchito said the Voice from the Border NGO is helping raise raising funds to pay off his debts.

"Otherwise, I will work for it myself, although it will take me a long time," he added.

After being in Nogales for 10 years, Panchito knows he will never return to the US.

But, with the recent crackdown on refugees and migrants, he feels all the more motivated to help them in any way he can.

"You are not going to change the world, but you can at least change the moment."

* News / Zamfara Has Employed 100 Doctors, 322 Nurses To Boost Health Sector – Official by katty: July 14, 2018, 09:38:53 PM
Zamfara state government in northwest Nigeria says it has recently employed 100 doctors and 322 nurses to boost its health sector.

The State says it is also currently renovating 147 Primary Health Centres (PHC) across the state to improve health care delivery in the rural areas.

Commissioner for Health, Lawal Muhammad Liman, announced the developments in Gusau at the 5th annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Zamfara state chapter.

He said the renovation of the PHCs was coming after the renovation of all the General hospitals in the state, as well as the expansion of Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Habibu Yelwa said one of the top priority of Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar was to make health care available and affordable to the people.

He said the state government had spent six years without polio virus, due to the adequate attention given to immunization activities in the state.

The Commissioner commended the NMA for supporting government’s health care programmes and assured of continued partnership with all stakeholders in promoting health care services in the state.

He thanked development partners for supporting Zamfara state in the areas of health care delivery.

Earlier, State Chairman NMA, Ologunde Kehinde Williams commended the state government over recent recruitment of doctors and health workers in the state and construction and renovation of hospitals.

Williams called for the improvement of the general welfare of health workers in the state.

He appealed for a strong partnership by all stakeholders in the state to join hands and work in addressing health challenges, saying the NMA was ever ready to partner government at all levels to render health services to citizens of the state.

Credit: Africa Prime News
* News / UCH Endorses Wearing of Hijab by Nursing Students by katty: July 14, 2018, 11:50:57 AM
The University College (UCH), Ibadan has approved the wearing of Hijab for its nursing students.

This approval, DAILY POST learn Friday evening, came after the Minister of Health, Professor Isacc Adewole approved the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on standardization of the use of Hijab on school uniform in the schools of nursing, having noted that its recommendations were in line with the standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

The hospital in a statement issued by A. K. Shinyabola, its Director of Administration advised students who want to embrace their religion in fulfilment of the religious belief to do so in strict compliance with the approved standard.

Shinyanbola in the circular dated Friday, 13th July 2018, issued on behalf of the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, Professor Temitope Alonge and addressed to all Heads of Department, directed all concerned departments to comply with the new rule.
Source : Daily Post
* News / Kenya: Nurses to Serve as Interpreters for Cuban Doctors in Embu County by katty: July 14, 2018, 08:12:47 AM
Embu Governor Martin Wambora has asked health officials to ensure a local nurse is available whenever the three Cuban doctors posted to the county are examining a patient so as to ease communication.

He said the county will also use the language barrier to the county’s advantage, by enabling local doctors tap knowledge while serving as interpreters.

The county received a nephrologist, a neurologist and a family medicine practitioner who will be stationed at the Embu Level Five Hospital.

The family doctor will also move to other level four hospitals and will be using the Beyond Zero mobile clinic.

“Cuba will help us move one step forward towards universal health. You can attach a doctor who is keen about family medicine so as they can learn and translate the local language. You can also have a nurse nearby the assist in translation,” said Mr Wambora when he officially received the doctors.

The doctors said they have learnt some basic Swahili and expressed optimism that they would learn the local dialect through interaction with local health workers and patients.

The doctors will also have fully furnished houses and will take special consideration to Ms Lyannys Fontaine Pacheco whose spouse will be working in the neighbouring Tharaka-Nithi County.

Mr Wambora also instructed the relevant departments to arrange for the three to tour the various tourist attractions in the county.
Source: Daily Nation
* News / Exempt Nigerian Doctors, Nurses from English Tests, Association Pleads with UK by katty: July 13, 2018, 07:34:39 PM
UK-based Nigerian Community Association Bradford has called on the UK to exempt Nigerians from International English Language Testing System.

The President of the association, Mr. Adewale Bakare, made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

The association is based in Bradford, a municipal metropolitan Borough, West Yorkshire, England.

Bakare, who made the call during the association’s Nigeria Community Immigration Conference in Bradford recently, appealed to the Nigerian High Commission in the UK to intervene so Nigerians could be exempted.

He urged the British government to do away with the requirement of passing English language for doctors, nurses and other migrants who want to enter UK.

“Nigeria being a Commonwealth country where English language is widely spoken as lingua franca, we strongly believe should be exempted from the English language test requirements.

“We hereby make representation to the Nigerian High Commissioner, on behalf of many Nigerians living in the UK and pray you to apply to the UK Immigration Authority for the exemption of English language requirements accordingly.

“The association prayed the High Commission to closely look into ways the British government would assist affected Nigerian immigrants,’’ he said.

On the payment of £2,000 by the Home Office, Bakare: “It is possibly one of the most generous Administrative Voluntary Return packages in Europe.’’

He, however, said the amount was not enough to reintegrate migrants in their countries of origin.

“Rather than paying returnees directly in cash, funds should be put for business start-ups or services for them, including vocational training that will help to start a small business or to purchase of tools and equipment.

“This is where the Nigerian High Commissioner can assist the community to negotiate with the Home Office for a better deal, “ he said.

He said that reintegration was a critical step toward achieving sustainable return.

According to him, to prevent further irregular migration, it is particularly important to address the factors that led migrants to leave their countries of origin in the first place, which majorly are on economic factors.

Bakare said skills and access to a regular source of income was crucial to people’s ability to support returnees independently, adding that reintegration support ought to reflect the importance of social reintegration.

“For example, solid social support structures are essential for effective reintegration and provide a safety net beyond work.

“The NHC should take this into account when negotiating better deal for unavoidable deportees with the Home Office.

“It is important to note that even the most generous AVR packages cannot always help returnees to overcome systemic challenges back home.

“Such as there being few jobs in their local area, a limited market for their start-up businesses, or prohibitively high school fees to educate their children,’’ he said.

He said that unless socioeconomic conditions improved in countries of origin some people would seek out a better life in another country.

The association suggested the message should to be passed across to the authorities back home, adding that there was need for more publicity about the availability of voluntary returns.

“It seems many Nigerians are still not aware of what is called `Voluntary Returns`, especially those immigrants living hopelessly in the UK,’’ he said. (NAN)
Source : Punch Newspaper
* News / After 23 Years of Nursing, I've Had Enough. I Quit! by katty: July 13, 2018, 03:04:32 PM
"Nursing has been my life-long passion but this is not what I signed up for. I quit."

I have been a registered nurse for 23 years and have now made the decision to change careers. I graduated in the mid-90s, when there were resources available to provide good nursing care. Up until recently I have been actively involved in the union movement for nurses, so was privy to a lot of information.

Today, our health system is broken. Our hospitals are literally rotting away. Care rationing is common, and when nurses voice concerns, we are told there is no more money, and to make do with what is available. When things go wrong, it is never management that accepts responsibility, instead individual nurses get thrown under the bus and face disciplinary action from the Nursing Council.

Aged care is mostly in the hands of large companies whose main goal is to pander to their shareholders, and looking after the people in their care is only the second priority. A good indicator of this is how many aged care providers are listed on the stock exchange.

Perhaps you are familiar with the Ministry of Health guidelines on safe staffing in aged care, published in 2005. Bear in mind these are guidelines only, and there is no legislation mandating a minimum safe staffing level. No aged care provider has voluntarily increased staffing levels to help the elderly maintain a good quality of life, because of the cost involved.

Aged care residents back in 2005 were very different from those today. As medicine has advanced, people are living longer and presenting with greater needs. It would be logical to move with the time and make resources available to deal with this. It hasn't happened.

A review of the guidelines is part of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's (NZNO) priorities for the current government, but has not been actioned yet. Even if this process were to commence today, it would take years before any changes could be made.

The Nursing Council's stance is not helpful either. Many nurses are afraid. We are required to maintain a portfolio, demonstrating on-going development, and this portfolio can be audited at any time.

Part of this professional development is undertaking a certain amount of hours of education. This is difficult if you are working full-time, have a family and your employer is unable to release you or pay for your time due to lack of staff and funding.

That, however, is never the concern of the Nursing Council or the employer - that is all the nurse's responsibility.

Nursing and taking care of people has been my life-long passion, and is all I have ever done, but this is not what I signed up for.

I quit.

Perhaps when (if) the focus of health care is on people instead of money, I may consider returning to nursing.

By Anonymous
This article first appeared on on 13/07/2018
* News / Midwives in Iceland to Begin Strike Next Week Over Poor Work Conditions by katty: July 13, 2018, 02:39:22 PM
Midwives, who have been fighting to increase their wages for two years now will be going on a strike of all their extra working hours next Wednesday. .Negotiations between the midwives' association an the state negotiator once again failed on Wednesday. Midwives are asking for a wage increase of 17-18 percent but the state has still not reached an offer of twelve percent.

Chairman of the midwives' association's negotiation committee, Katrín Sif Sigurgeirsdóttir confirmed to that the state's offer had still not amounted to 12 percent.
Source : Iceland Monitor
* Postgraduates / Bayero University Kano 2018/2019 Postgraduate Nursing Forms on Sale by katty: July 13, 2018, 02:30:32 PM
This is to inform the general public that online sale of the Bayero University, Kano, Postgraduate application forms for the 2018/2019 Academic Session will commence on   Monday, 9th July 2017.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following courses for the 2018/2019 academic session.

Click this link to apply
Department Of Nursing Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing [PGDN]
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Education [PGDNE]
* Schools of Nursing / Kaduna State School of Nursing 2018/2019 Application form on Sale by katty: July 12, 2018, 08:33:13 PM
Note that this application form is FREE OF CHARGE for everybody. You are not expected to pay any one to obtain the form

This to inform interested candidates that application forms for entry into Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Kafanchan for the 2018/2019 academic session are ready.
Interested candidates for the Basic Nursing Programme are to apply online at the College's website FREE OF CHARGE.
Interested candidates for the Refresher Course — Basic Midwifery are to submit a hand-written application alongside transcripts to the Registry, Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Kafanchan.
The application process will be on from Tuesday 10th July, 2018 to Friday 27th July, 2018.
James Num
(College P.R.O)
For Administrator
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